With more than 50,000 members across the country, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) supports blind people by providing resources to improve their quality of life, combating legal, economic, and social discrimination, and helping them to achieve their goals. The NFB spearheads research on blindness, promotes relevant new technology such as the digital talking newspaper, and sponsors a variety of educational and support programs for adults and children.
The Global Pathways Project is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization that aims to educate Americans about the benefits of an adventure overseas. Swap stories with other worldly residents, host an Epcot Center buffet in your mouth, or dance away your workweek worries. Complimentary parking is available to guests in the Landmark Parking lot adjacent to the museum, on Thames Street.
Baltimore Improv Group's troupe of off-the-cuff comedians busts guts with seven renditions of its Unscripted play, continuing its mission to promote the art of improvisational theater. During each two-act production, quipsters harvest audience suggestions as joke fertilizer, nurturing randomly plucked ideas into fully developed scenes, characters, and wedding vows for brides-to-be. To ensure that no two shows are ever the same, Baltimore Improv's laugh magnets encourage attendees to bring unusual objects from home for use as props, which join forces with the cast's costumes, soundtrack, and lighting system to forge a uniquely humorous experience. Additionally, select dates will feature guest stars, including burlesque performers, spoken-word artists, and expert storytellers, whose riveting styles and penchant for shooting s'mores from T-shirt cannons add to the play's lively atmosphere.
The University of Maryland administers low-cost legal services to the local community through its JustAdvice program. Since its inception, JustAdvice has served more than 1,300 people in a range of legal areas including family, criminal, employment, tax, and social-security law. It holds 30-minute sessions twice weekly, where clients can speak with experienced attorneys to gain a clearer understanding of their circumstances and options for action. Each session typically draws about 20 clients, and the organization charges $10 per session to cover the costs of office supplies, technological resources, equipment, and refreshments. Though JustAdvice cannot provide ongoing legal services to clients, staff attorneys can recommend alternative routes for people to find counsel.
Since 1986, Believe In Tomorrow has supplied overnight lodgings for more than 560,000 families during a child's medical crisis. The organization’s respite-housing program sends families to a beach or mountainside location for a three-day weekend stay at one of five Maryland facilities. These calming retreats offer a vacation-like experience for families who might not otherwise be able to afford a getaway due to overwhelming medical expenses. During their stays, families can re-create the atmosphere of normal family life while taking a break from the stress of hospital visits and medical emergencies.
The Franciscan Center's lunch program has served food for more than four decades and is open to all members of the community, with a special focus on those experiencing homelessness, poverty, or mental illness. Partnerships with local farmers markets fortify the center's lunches with seasonal organic vegetables. Hot, protein-infused main courses ensure nutritious balance to sustain clients. The lunch program currently serves 6,000 meals each month.